Dating furniture willow
Wicker has been around for thousands of years and is in fact one of the oldest furniture making techniques recorded by history.
In order to understand the history of wicker furniture, it’s important to be able to distinguish the difference between wicker and rattan (see related topics).
Wicker received a boost during the Age of Exploration, when international sea traders returned from southeast Asia with a species of palm called rattan.
Rattan is stronger than traditional European wicker materials, Wicker can be made from natural or synthetic materials, or a combination.
Wicker is not a material in itself, but rather an overall classification of furniture woven from any one of a variety of materials â€“ cane (rattan), willow, bamboo, reed etc.
Wicker is traditionally made of material of plant origin, but plastic fibers are now also used.
Careful attention to detail – hand-painted and distressed finishes, traditional joinery, eight-way hand-tied upholstery all harmonize with the natural materials, timeless designs, and fine craftsmanship that have made Country Willow a tradition of style in many homes.
Tables, chairs and willow by the Serpentine Restaurant Near 6pm on a fine day at the beginning of spring there are people inside the restaurant but still too cold for people to sit out, so the chairs are all empty.
This image was taken from the Geograph project collection.
Materials used can be any part of a plant, such as the cores of cane or rattan stalks, or whole thicknesses of plants, as with willow switches. Natural wicker requires maintenance to keep it in good shape.
Synthetic types include paper-wrapped high tensile wire (using the Lloyd Loom process patented in the early 20th century), and plastic or resin.